28 December, 2011

Bachelor's Kitchen: The Essentials

My last post for the Bachelor Cooking was a list of tips to manage your kitchen and how to explore the cooking.

Essentials for the Bachelor Kitchen - ingredients which are a must have to save your soul in the kitchen.

Tomatoes or Tomato Puree
Makes it easy to put in a little water and your "Sabzi" gets a nice gravy for it.

I prefer keeping slices and also the spread.

Olives / Mushrooms
These are life essentials I think - Pasta can't be made without them. And pasta is a mood-changer food. Also mix them with a few greens, some dressing and a bowl of salad is good to go.

Herbs, Spices, Oregano, Black Pepper, Hot Sauce
Finding green chillies in the fridge can be a challenge, so I prefer keeping enough hot sauce and other spices for that easy use.

Pasta Sauce / Pasta Packs / Noodles / Chinese Sauces 
Elements to toss that meal when an intensive cooking session is what you don't want to indulge in.

Keep a variety. Drinking alone can be boring.. so I like to have a mix - Beer, Vodka and the faithful Wine and Scotch. Stock-up before you run out... Domino's delivers .. the local wine shop, very rarely!

Chakna / Namkeen 
How can booze go without this... haha! Kidding - keep a few wafer packs handy .. mid-night cravings have to be taken care. Also that hunger pang just between the evening tea and dinner is attended.

And some other things on my list include:
  • Chocolates / Milk Powders / Biscuits
  • Fruits / Dry Fruits - almonds, dates 
  • Curd, Ice-cream, Chocolate Sauce - Solves your dessert cravings. 
That's my list, what's that essential element of your kitchen, please do share in the comments section. 

22 December, 2011

Super Simple Sunday Salad

Sunday evenings are supposed to easy for both me and the wife. So Sunday dinners are planned to be easy to cook and ideally something where I can help.

Last Sunday we made what I titled the Super Simple Sunday Salad.

Super Simple Sunday Salad

Here is what you need: 

  • Assorted lettuce leaves [nicely washed and chopped into medium size] 
  • Cherry tomatoes 
  • Green Olives [seedless] 
  • Feta Cheese 
  • White Wine Vinegar [this I think is the MAGIC potion]
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • Dried parsley 
  • Garlic Powder 

How to make it: 
Like the title says Simple. Mix up the stuff in a nice big bowl, pop it into the fridge for a few mins and then just bite into it.

And give the salad some company. Have a nice tomato soup garnished with herbs and garlic.